01/30/2012 at 09:00 AM EST
Who is the rightful ruler of Westeros?
HBO has just released the first teaser trailer for Game of Thrones
season 2, offering a tense taste of things to come. We see Lady Stark pointing a dagger at Littlefinger, Joffrey threatening to kill Sansa, and Tyrion – played by Emmy
and Golden Globe
winner Peter Dinklage – acknowledging how "the game is played."
"One of the great challenges of the second season is that the world just expanded enormously," David Benioff, executive producer and writer, said recently
. "Not only do we introduce a great number of new characters, but we're journeying to all new locations."
returns April 1 on HBO. – Tim Nudd